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Thread: What would make the fabric pull unevenly thru the feed dogs

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    Senior Member DeneK's Avatar
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    When I stitch with my Janome, it is as if it WANTS to stitch a straight line, but with my (new to me, but older) Husqvarna Viking, I cannot seem to get a straight seam no matter how hard I try or how slowly I sew. Also seems as if the stitches are not consistent in size.

    Any ideas?

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    There could be a bunch of lint keeping the feed dogs from working properly. Take a flashlight and small bruch and give it a good look. Just remember not to blow into your machine. There's too much moisture and can cause even more problems down the road.

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    yes, clean, clean. I have learned the value of a clean machine.:) If I have problems I do that first.

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    If its not an issue of lint around the feed dogs and bobbin area. I would check the amount of pressure on the pressure foot , too much or too little can cause irregular stitching. Most pressure foot settings are about 4 for regular piecing and stitching. If you are not sure where this adjustment it let us know what model you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    yes, clean, clean. I have learned the value of a clean machine.:) If I have problems I do that first.
    Since I bought my new Janome, I clean before every project and change needles. Yesterday I decided to clean my Singer 110 of at least 20 years accumulation of lint. Never saw so much lint! Never cleaned it before. Oiled it too. Oh yes, I put in a new needle -- the old one was flat on the bottom--but she still sewed. Sounds like a happy machine now. Next to my Horizon, it looks like a baby. And I was so very happy when I bought it.

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    Funny ... I have the opposite problem! If one of the machines is going to give me straight line fits it's the Janome, the Husky is a straight line reliable work horse.

    I rarely have to change tension, feed dog pressure, etc on my Husky - it seems to be willing to cope with whatever I give it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeneK
    When I stitch with my Janome, it is as if it WANTS to stitch a straight line, but with my (new to me, but older) Husqvarna Viking, I cannot seem to get a straight seam no matter how hard I try or how slowly I sew. Also seems as if the stitches are not consistent in size.

    Any ideas?
    Silly question, but do you have your feed dogs up?

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    Senior Member DeneK's Avatar
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    1. checked for lint/fuzz and found the underside of the foot plate to be very clean.
    2. Pressure on the foot set at 4 (and today I tried it at 3. I have a Husqvarna Viking 400 (older - prob. around 10 years old). I think 3 did work a little better.
    3. yep feed dogs up.

    Even with stitch length set at 3.5, sometimes I get tiny stitches.

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    Maybe you need to just take it in for a checkup...maybe a timing issue or something simple. If all the replies didn't help and you've tried everything you can think of then for me...I'd call a reputable dealer for advice and help so you can be a happy quilter again.

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    I second the service idea. It needs some TLC every once in a while. It would be worth the cost to get it done. Nothing like a machine that does not sew perfect. Hope you find the problem...

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